Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Construction

Biden Executive Order to Require Project Labor Agreements for Federal Procurement Construction Projects, and More

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Once again the President has invoked the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act as the authority for an Executive Order “to promote economy and efficiency.” In his latest Executive Order (EO) issued on Friday, February 4, 2022, President Biden mandated that all federal procurement construction projects valued at $35 million or more must use aRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Construction

Top 10 Action Items for Contractors Reopening Their Offices

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During the COVID-19 pandemic the construction industry has, for the most part, been able to continue field operations on existing projects. Of course, regulations have varied from state to state, and in some regions operations have been restricted or curtailed. For the last several weeks construction trade associations such as Associated General Contractors and AssociatedRead More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Construction

Government’s Apparent Acquiescence Doesn’t Overcome “Plain” Contract Language

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Despite “troubling” government conduct, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) recently denied an appeal arising out of electrical work performed on a $38 million construction project involving the ground-up construction of four buildings for the United States Army. The dispute in Watts Constructors, LLC, ASBCA No. 61493 involved the use of rigid conduitRead More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Construction, Contract Administration

Digging into the Details of the Latest Buy American Executive Order for Federal Construction Contractors

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E.O. 13858 Reiterates the Need for Strict Application of Buy American Rules on Infrastructure Projects On January 31, 2019 President Trump issued his “Executive Order on Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects” (E.O. 13858). The Order is a re-assertion of and expansion upon his April 18, 2017 “Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American”Read More

Topics: Acquisition Reform and Emerging Issues, Buy American Act, Construction, Contract Administration, Statutes and Regulations